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How to eliminate trigger foods that causes arthritis flare ups

Some days, waking up with arthritis can seem like too much to bear. You want to lie in bed, go back to sleep and hope your pain is just a bad dream. The foods that you are consuming can trigger your arthritis flare- ups, and some arthritis symptoms such as pain and limited range of motion can be reduced with weight control. Here are some ways to eliminate trigger foods that cause arthritis flare-ups.

Choose healthy foods to eat, reduce calorie intake and consume a well-balanced diet. Try eating fish that contains omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon. Also eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Exercise regularly and stay fit to reduce the severity of osteoarthritis. A daily walk with the dog around the block can help you feel better. Excess weight places unnecessary stress on your joints and causes pain known as arthralgia.

Avoid foods high in purines (nitrogen-containing substance) such as bacon, organ meat, anchovies, sardines and turkey if you have gouty arthritis. Alcohol, sugary drinks, wheat, rye and barley may cause reactive arthritis.

Avoid breads and pastries that contain highly refined simple carbohydrates. Listen to your body. If you feel worse after eating certain foods avoid them.

Try avoiding dairy for a few weeks and see if you feel better. Milk causes flare-ups in rheumatoid arthritis for one per cent of the population.

Meet with a registered dietitian for advice if necessary and schedule regular medical checkups. Discuss any supplements you may use with your doctor.

Strengthen your system and rebuild damaged cartilage by using supplements. Some commonly used supplements for arthritis sufferer are Vitamin C, MSM, phytochemicals, antioxidants, glucosamine, chondroitin and potassium.

Tip

Arthritis is used to describe over 100 medical conditions. To find help for your arthritis you must know the type you have. All types of arthritis affect the joints in your body. Osteoarthritis and tendinitis cause local reactions. Systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma and rheumatoid effect multiple joints. Symptoms include inflammation, joint stiffness, pain, and swelling.

Warning

See your doctor right away if your arthritis causes fever, circulatory problems, swollen glands, anaemia, fatigue or weight loss.

Things You'll Need

  • Exercise
  • Vitamin C
  • MSM
  • Phytochemicals
  • Vitamin E
  • Selenium
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Potassium
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About the Author

Julia Fuller began her professional writing career eight years ago covering special-needs adoption. She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Marywood College, is co-owner of GJF Rental Properties as well as a livestock and grain crop farm. She worked for the United States Postal Service and a national income tax service.